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GeorgeReid 2 months ago 3
8
Bottle
10
Sillage
10
Longevity
6.5
Scent
The Fright, then The Light
Out of pure curiosity, I heard about Frédéric Malle’s The Night and how great it was. I realized the price tag was over $1000 for a 50 ml bottle. Sampling before buying a bottle was the best option here.

After this review, this may have been one of the best decisions on this fragrance journey.

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First, The Night opens with a delightful rose scent and a touch of saffron.

However, five minutes into the opening, natural oud comes in strong. In the air and on my skin, the opening of The Night is reminiscent of fecal matter. As the oud becomes more prominent, the more animalistic the opening becomes. As a person who dislikes animalistic accords, this was thoroughly unpleasant. I hated this so much that I started calling the fragrance “The Fright.”

Two hours later, the oud dies down, allowing for the rose and saffron to share the stage again. Woods and incense blend in and become more prominent as the fragrance fades. This point of the smell is outstanding. Oud, rose, and saffron is a proven trio that works, and adding woods and incense enhances this aspect. I loved this aspect so much, I started calling this phase “The Light!”

From an artistic standpoint, The Night is a high-quality masculine smell that stands out, especially at the time of release in 2014. The quality of the oud is top-notch.

From a practical consumer standpoint, if oud is amazing on your skin (or you like the smell of oud), you may have a different result that is fantastic. For people who dislike animalic scents, or oud does not work on your skin, you have my sympathies, as I experienced your pain.

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In terms of performance, The Night is easily the best performing fragrance I have witnessed to this date.

With sillage and projection, two sprays can fill a room, and linger around for up to thirty minutes after leaving an area.

The opening alone can last longer than body sprays with two to three hours of longevity. The overall fragrance lasts longer than 24 hours. One must bathe to remove the scent before that point.

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Normally, I would talk about the social and seasonal aspects of The Night, like in most reviews, but I will keep it brief.

A room-clearing smell is highly situational; it is not a good idea to use it on a hot summer day, or in an office. It is also a crime against humanity (and a complete waste) to use it in the gym.

Also, is it not a surprise that a fragrance named The Night shines the best in evening situations or colder weather.

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That said, part of the truth about The Night is that having a bottle is a monetary flex; few people will buy it on a whim because it costs over $1000 for a 50 ml bottle, and $1800 for a 100 ml.

From an artisan standpoint, the smell is as high quality as it gets, to where the exorbitant price seems somewhat justified. With those factors, by default, it will be one of the unique smells out there.

However, with fragrances, I also look at the practical aspects.

The drydown is easily one of the best fragrances anyone can experience—I would need to break the scale beyond a ten to rate that aspect properly.

However, this contrasts with the opening, which is one of the most disgusting scents I experienced on this fragrance journey. If the opening lasted only 30 minutes, perhaps it is worth dealing with it while completing the rest of my morning routine to smell amazing for the rest of the day. However, most consumers do not have two hours of time where they can smell bad (possibly while in public) for a bigger payoff later.

This, combined with the fact that several fragrance houses have successfully put their own spin on the oud/rose/saffron combo at less than half of the price, makes The Night a pass, especially if you are like me, and know that oud is terrible on your skin.

However, I will set my fragrance biases aside (as that is what a reviewer should be able to do).

A fragrance enthusiast should smell the various phases of The Night at least once.

If you have the funds, and are into legitimate oud fragrances, collect fragrances for artistic or individualistic purposes, or simply have more patience to reach the dry down, a bottle of The Night is a fragrance worthy of your consideration.
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GeorgeReid 3 months ago 1
8
Bottle
10
Sillage
9
Longevity
9.5
Scent
The Most Wanted (By Night)
Fall is coming, and the time to break out the fall and winter frags is among us. To prepare for this, I bought several autumn fragrances over the summer, and The Most Wanted Parfum was among them.

As usual, I will break down my opinion on the scent, bottle, performance, and usability.

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If you are familiar with Wanted by Night, and The Most Wanted EDP, then the Most Wanted Parfum smells like a blend of the two fragrances. One gets the vanilla sweetness and slight booziness that is present in the Most Wanted EDP upfront, while also getting some of the spice that is present in Wanted by Night on the dry down.

Individually, the fragrances worked well (with Wanted by Night getting more love), but when combined in the Most Wanted Parfum, it blends the best of both fragrances that can work for most men, and maybe some women who like wearing light boozy scents.

That said, if you found The Most Wanted EDP too sweet, or Wanted by Night too smoky, this is an excellent fragrance worth checking out, as it provides a middle ground.

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The gun chamber bottle is nothing new in the Wanted line—by now you either love it because it looks cool, or loathe it because it looks tacky.

However, the bottle tells us exactly what the plan was for the fragrance.

It takes the black gun chamber from The Most Wanted EDP. However, the bottom glass starts off as black on the bottom (like The Most Wanted EDP glass) and then begins a gradient transition to become clear with a brown fluid (like the Wanted by Night glass).

That said, I care about functionality and durability. The bottle is fine in that regard, as you can control the amount sprayed. However, that is nothing special.

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The performance of The Most Wanted Parfum is outstanding.

In terms of sillage and projection, I could smell this fragrance in a mixture of other scents in a retail store. By itself, the fragrance has a superstar projection—people will know you have entered a room.

The longevity is also amazing. That superstar projection lasts for about three hours, then the fragrance comes back down to normal, lasting about twelve hours overall. It will easily last an entire night.

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However, with the amazing performance of The Most Wanted Parfum, comes a significant loss in versatility that makes the fragrance highly situational.

First point: Save it for mild or cold weather. After I tested the fragrance, I was stuck wearing it in the summer heat. The sweetness was nauseating until I entered a place with air conditioning.

Second point: The Most Wanted Parfum is not an office or gym fragrance. Policies exist because of fragrances like this that can overtake a small office. The gym is worse, as it is a massive distraction to other members working out.

A person can still wear The Most Wanted Parfum on a date (especially an outdoor one in mild weather), or at their own leisure, provided they keep the sprays in check. However, the best usage for it is at a party, a nightclub, or an outdoor event in mild weather. While the fragrance is sweet, the booziness and smoke offer an original touch that is not present in most nightlife fragrances.

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Overall, I think The Most Wanted Parfum is a fantastic fragrance that blends the best elements of two previous fragrances.

That said, if you already own Wanted by Night or The Most Wanted EDP, save your money and do not fall for the fear of missing out. If you own both, layering them will probably get the equivalent of this scent.

Also, keep in mind that Azzaro fragrances get cheaper after the initial retail run. If you wait a few months, you can purchase this fragrance at a significant discount.

With those points aside, if you are looking for a versatile fragrance, a fragrance with moderate projection, or a fragrance with an artistic flair, look elsewhere—this is not for you.

However, if you want a fragrance that shouts your presence and adds a mature flair to the typical sweet scents today, The Most Wanted Parfum may be the fragrance for you.
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GeorgeReid 3 months ago 5
9
Bottle
9
Sillage
8
Longevity
10
Scent
Three E's: Easy, Effeminate and Elegant.
After hearing about Dior Homme Intense, and consistently seeing it in the top 10 fragrances in Parfumo over the past few months, I bought a sample and wanted to know if it was worth the hype.

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First, let us talk about the smell.

Dior Homme Intense is not a complex fragrance. It opens with a powdery floral that is almost certainly iris, which mixes with a light musky sweetness. Once the iris wears off, the cedar becomes more prominent and mixes with the musky sweetness that continues to linger.

Dior Homme Intense is an example of how simplicity can work in a fragrance.

One of the largest critiques about the smell is that Dior Homme Intense smells feminine, especially to men who grew up around women and know what lipstick sets smell like. Perhaps if the era was the mid-2000s or earlier, Dior Homme Intense would have a different name, and advertising would market toward women.

I strongly believe that women can easily wear this fragrance with zero problems. While cedar is considered more masculine, the iris and light musk is more prominent.

That said, the likely goal of Dior Homme Intense is to create the allure of an elegant gentleman that consistently has women around him so frequently, that they leave their scent on him. It succeeds, as the fragrance presents a captivating and alluring aura.

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A 100 ml bottle of Dior Homme Intense has the traditional classy feel of a men’s fragrance.

A clear rectangular bottle with a translucent black cap is not exactly grand bottle artistry. However, the classic look is elegant, and will always look great on a dresser or on a display shelf, nor is the bottle embarrassing enough that one must hide it in a drawer, a closet, or inside the box.

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In terms of performance, Dior Homme Intense is outstanding.

With projection, Dior Homme Intense hits a rare balance that is difficult to achieve. The overall projection is strong and noticeable, but the fragrance does not overwhelm everyone when in proximity, allowing for more people to move closer. Again, elegance without being overbearing or trying too hard.

In terms of longevity, two sprays of Dior Homme Intense last for about twelve hours, with the opening lasting for about three.

This is a fragrance that will follow a person throughout the day without a respray, but a person wearing it will not feel like they are drowning in it.

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Thanks to the unique performance of Dior Homme Intense, it gains some flexibility that is difficult to achieve with fragrances that have strong projection, making it easier to wear.

As a result, it is usable throughout the year, with the only questionable time to use it is on a blazing summer day outside. (As musky smells can radiate in the heat.) Also, while Dior Homme Intense is fantastic in the fall and winter, I will go against the grain, and state that the fragrance easily shines the brightest in the spring.

As for social scenarios, Dior Homme Intense works in an office or school environment without annoying everyone and is usable daily.

On the negative side, the musky aspect may be too much for the gym, even if it is on the lighter side.

That said, ultimately, the best usage for Dior Homme Intense is as a nighttime fragrance (especially on a date night). While lightly sweet, it will stand out as unique because it is not the typical super-sweet fragrances that most people smell on men in 2022.

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Overall, Dior Homme Intense is an outstanding fragrance and is mostly worth the hype it receives, and I bought a bottle after trying the sample. However, I highly recommend sampling first, as the critiques are valid, and the fragrance is not for everyone.

For example, someone looking for an artistic or complex fragrance to make a statement should look elsewhere. Likewise, someone who is looking for a more traditional masculine fragrance, or someone that hates powdery scents will be massively disappointed.

That said, Dior Homme Intense is best for people trying to be considerate of other people while having their own identity. They want a fragrance that projects, but do not choke out a room. They want a fragrance that stands out for going against the common trends, but also works in attracting positive attention. If this is you, you may like the results.
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GeorgeReid 4 months ago 1
7
Bottle
5
Sillage
4
Longevity
8
Scent
Should've Name it Guilty Green or Guilty Sport ...
I sampled Gucci Guilty Black recently at Sephora on the Upper West Side in New York City. I liked the smell enough on my skin to buy it despite the mediocre rating on Parfumo.

However, there is a good reason for the run-of-the-mill ratings it has.

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Guilty Black opens with a combination of lavender and light powdery/floral smell that makes it lean hard on the fresh side, with a light touch of sweetness.

The smell transitions to a mixture of woods and a minuscule touch of leather in the heart and base note, which plays nicely in an easy transition from the fresh notes, while maintaining a soft masculine scent profile.

It is a solid overall fragrance that is complex and easy enough to use (more on that later). However, the fresh/woods combination profile is ubiquitous with men’s fragrances in the current era due to how well it works. Guilty Black will disappoint someone looking for a unique scent profile, as it's present in many sports-like fragrances.

That disappointment is exponentially higher with people who knew Gucci’s creativity with fragrances in the past, and the lack of creativity in recent times. Effectively, Guilty Black is Guilty Intense, minus the lemon note and switching Amber with Leather.

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A standard 100 ml bottle of Guilty Black is solid. Functionally, like any bottle in the Guilty line, it is slim and easily fits in one’s hand like a smaller smartphone, making it easy to spray and carry around in a pocket or bag.

I also like the green and black combination that Guilty Black has going on, giving it an attractive designer style. However, the bottle is not an artistic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination.

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In terms of performance, Guilty Black may not be up to everyone’s expectations.

For longevity, Guilty Black lasts for about four hours. That period can work for a date or a short meeting. However, it is nowhere close to lasting for an entire workday without a respray. (Good thing the bottle is easy to carry.)

In terms of sillage and projection, the fragrance does not project far from the skin, and the scent trail it leaves is faint. Do not expect Guilty Black to announce your presence as you enter a room, or even when you walk by a person. However, someone close to you would almost certainly appreciate the scent, as it will not overwhelm them.

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Guilty Black is a versatile fragrance. However, it shines brighter in some scenarios, and weaker in others.

For example, in terms of season or climate, it works best in the milder temperatures of Spring or Autumn, or if someone is in a mild climate like San Francisco or London. The fresh aspects of the scent should make it workable in the summer months without cloying or nauseating anyone. While detectable, it does not perform as well in the Winter, which is unusual for a fragrance with Black/Noir/Night/Nuit in the name.

For social situations, Guilty Black is too weak to use in an outdoor event, or a party at a large venue, as the scent fades into the background.

However, it works in every other situation. It can work great as an intimate date night fragrance, especially if one is shifting away from the modern trend of primarily sweet scents.

Guilty Black can also work as a leisurely fragrance, or as a scent after a workout in the gym, because of the fresh and woody aspects at the forefront of the fragrance.

With that said, Guilty Black excels the most as an office fragrance, as it is a fresh scent that does not have the sillage to bother people beyond a personal space bubble.

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Gucci Guilty Black is a solid fragrance option, but there are many reasons for disappointment. Admittedly, if Gucci called the fragrance Guilty Sport or Guilty Green, the reception is probably better.

However, Guilty Black is the name of the fragrance.

Anyone looking for a winter fragrance that excels at large parties or outdoor events would be disappointed, as most expect that out of Black/Noir fragrances.

Anyone looking for projection or longevity in fragrances will become more disappointed, especially at the price point offered, and knowing that Black/Noir fragrances typically last longer.

The same level of disappointment applies to someone seeking a unique fragrance—especially if Gucci’s current offerings do not impress them.

However, putting aside the negativity, and the silliness of labeling a sport/green scent black, if someone treats Guilty Black like the fresh fragrance it is, they will find a solid daily scent to freshen up at a point in the day in the office, or a potential date night fragrance that is outside the trend.
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GeorgeReid 5 months ago 5
9
Bottle
7
Sillage
10
Longevity
10
Scent
Seduction Increased by a Factor of 3.14.
While Pi has been around since 1999, I bought it on a recommendation from a friend that I knew since my elementary school days. Also, as a math nerd and Greek enthusiast, the name drew me in.

Also, attempting a new approach to reviews. I am loquacious and want to reduce that while still being informative.

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Pi’s opening is citrusy and sweet from the orange and benzoin in the base blending.

When the heart note opens, the sweetness dies down slightly as the orange dissipates. Pi becomes more forest-like from the pine needles and ironwood. The base note is similar, minus the pine scent.

Pi maintains an air of seductive masculinity. However, that should not stop a woman from wearing it if she wants to.

Overall, Pi is a scent I immediately fell in love with on the strip, and it smelled better on the skin. The light sweetness dances with the woody and earthy notes to be alluring. Alberto Morillas created an amazing fragrance.

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The shape of Pi’s bottle remains the same as a triangle with symbols on the back and the omega symbol on top. Quite a few Greek references if someone looks carefully. It functions well and is a bottle that stands out among designer fragrances.

However, Givenchy removed the Pi symbol labeling in recent bottles. I am quite disappointed with that.

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Pi has reasonable sillage. While it is not a nightclub fragrance that will announce your presence as you enter a room, people can detect it from outside someone’s personal space bubble.

That said, I smell Pi on my skin twelve hours later. It may be different for other people, but I get monstrous longevity.

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For seasonal usage, Pi works best as a cold or mild weather fragrance in the fall or winter. It can work in the cooler months of spring as well. Pi can work on a summer night, but it feels out of place on a hot summer day, and the potential for cloying nausea exists.

Socially, Pi works well as a fragrance for an evening out with friends, or to wind down the day at home with tea or wine and a book in hand.

Despite the excellent longevity, it is questionable to use it in an office or school as it can distract others. However, the office or school is a better scenario than the gym; it is a crime against humanity to use Pi during a workout.

That said, Pi shines the brightest as a date night fragrance. Between the alluring scent, and the performance, it can last through the date and potential intimate encounter if the evening goes further.

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I will reiterate that Pi is an outstanding fragrance that has stood the test of time. However, a person must answer the question if Pi fits one’s lifestyle and fragrance choices.

For example, if someone is looking for a versatile or classic fragrance from the mid-1990s, Pi is not what you are seeking. Likewise, if you dislike sweet fragrances, Pi is also not for you.

However, if you are seeking a winter or a nighttime fragrance that can get a date’s attention, or like fragrances with excellent longevity, Pi is a fantastic option to consider with a reasonable price tag.
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